Product-Information Lead Free Soldering with Weller Tools

Product-Information Lead Free Soldering with Weller Tools
Lead Free Soldering with Weller Tools
Why Lead Free?
Based on the global ambitions of pollution prevention, starting from July, 1st 2004, the
European Community laws request to use only lead free tin for soldering.
Particularities of Lead Free Solder
New alloys are needed and in general the melting point is increasing. Mainly Tin (Sn) Cupper (Cu) (227°C), Tin - Silver (Ag)(221°C) or Tin - Silver - Cupper (217°C) are used,
whereby the eutectic conduct need to be kept in mind. Occasionally Bismuth (Bi) is added
for further reduction of the melting point. Those alloys are critical, since few contaminations
(rest of solder on PCB, lead containing connectors of components) reduce the melting point
dramatically and may cause quality and stability problems.
Lead free solder downgrades the process ability because of lower wetting and flow
behaviour. This can only be solved by the use of improved flux.
Compared to lead containing solder, lead free solder joints appear dull and are additionally
temperature sensitive.
An increase of process temperature should be avoided since due to longer cooling times
microcracks may occur. Soldering with higher temperatures can result in black layers on the
tip which make them unwettable and cause early fallout (charred flux, oxidized tin, tin-ironfusions).
New materials like lead free alloys demand new tools.
Requirements on Hand-Operated Solder Tools
Due to higher melting points, working with lead free solder requires:
• Tools with higher power and optimised temperature control
• Tools with better thermal conductivity, to bring the heat lossless to the tip of the iron
• Optimised tip selection. More short and thick tips are preferable to transfer the
needed heat into the solder joint without increasing the process temperature. Thermal
stress on components and PCBs are reduced and the solder tip is prevented from
damage (lifetime, wettability)
• Cost reduction of wear parts
Due to the higher tin rate lead free solder causes shorter lifetime of the tip (Iron – leaching).
The Weller system stands out of low wear consumption. Due to separation of high-value
heater / sensor and tip, only the tip need to be changed of wear. The Weller „LF“ (Lead
Free) tips additionally have an optimised thicker layer of iron. This results in higher lifetime
and still ensures perfect heat transfer.
The integrated heating element features an
effective thermal energy transfer towards the
solder tip. This allows during the soldering
process a consistent temperature of the tip at
the solder joint.
Hints for Soldering
For rework and repair use the same alloy that is used for the production of the boards
Select the working temperature as low as possible
Choose the biggest possible tip form for your task
rule of thumb: about the size of the solder pad
Make sure to realize an extensive heat transmission between tip and solder joint thru
well wetted tip
Soldering in an inert gas environment increases the flow behaviour and reduces the
of flux; don’t use more flux as needed
Work with soldering tools that offer high power and a perfect thermal transfer
Use an intelligent solder station with optimised temperature control and setback
to reduce the tip temperature in case of no use
Preheat the boards with heating plates before repairing to reduce the soldering time
It is recommendable to make sufficient tests and to set-up a detailed flow chart in
which steps the changeover to lead free era takes place
Treatment of the Solder Tip
Clean the tip on a watery swamp (not dry nor wet)
Use original swamps and distilled water
Switch off your station during longer working breaks or use the Weller setback
Add sufficient tin to the tip before placing the iron into the stand
Unwettable tips are reactivated with a Tip-Activator
Use the lowest possible tip temperature
Use special tips for applications with drag drop (GW-Gull Wing or KN-Knife tips )
Apply the tin direct to the solder joint not the tip
If possible avoid the use of high activated flux
Change the tips with the appropriate changing tool
Apply as less force as possible onto the tip
Pay careful attention to the tip
Black layers of oxidized tips can be softly removed with steel or aluminium wool
Benefit from our knowledge and experience.
We gladly support you to facilitate your start into this new technology.
Tools that Facilitate your Work when Soldering with Lead Free.
The Weller solder irons WSP and WMP are accurately adjustable to every solder task.
Those adjustments can be calibrated and audited according to ISO standards.
WMP Solderiron
Ergonomically designed - very short grip to tip distance
- improved heat transmission
- mechanic separation of tip and heating element
WSP 80 Solderiron
The proven and tested tool for lead free soldering in production and
repair. Ideal for production lines with continuous use.
WSP 150 Power Solderiron
The tool for lead free solder tasks with high demand of power.
Low loss transmission of high power and big thermal capacity
of the tip enable continuous working.
Increased temperature range up to 550°C!
WSP 80 IG Innert Gas Solderiron
The perfect tool for lead free soldering in an inert
gas atmosphere with approved 80W technology.
WHP 3000 Heating Plate
Temperature adjustable bottom heat of up to 600W
for sparing preheat of the repairs to reduce the solder
time and thermal stress of the board.
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